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another except through the sign language,, but we
shouted our glee just the same.

We had heard our fathers talk so much about
the fights between the Blackfeet and Assinlbolnes
that we youngsters wanted to hold a "play battle5
with the Asslnlbolne youngsters, but our older
people would not allow us to do that. They were
afraid that some of us would inflict accidental
Injury to some of the young Assiniboines and start
a fight between the tribes. So we had to content
ourselves with wrestling, throwing heavy stones5
and riding bucking colts, to show off our prowess.

Our mothers sat out in front of their teepees^
keeping a close watch on us to see that we con-
ducted ourselves properly In front of the 'stranger
Indians', and to make sure that we did not start a
contest that might hurt one of our hosts and start
a fight*

But If they had only known it, fighting was the
last thing in our minds. We were all so glad
to see some other youngsters like ourselves that
we looked upon them as our brothers, and we
did everything possible to be friendly and get
acquainted, so that we could laugh at one another
in our pranks—of which the Indian boy Is so fond.

The older braves seemed to be happy, too.
They busied themselves constructing the huge
council lodge In which we were to hold the I Saw
Dance that night. They were taking down a lot